Olive Tree, The

Category: feature
Director: Icíar Bollaín
Country: Spain, Germany
Year: 2016
Length: 98'
Production Status: completed


A Spanish film about a woman determined to retrieve her family's recently uprooted ancient olive tree, this beautifully brings together environmental themes and youthful activism.
Directed with warmth and naturalism by Icíar Bollaín from a screenplay by Ken Loach's regular collaborator Paul Laverty (The Angel's Share), The Olive Tree tells the tale of Alma (Anna Castillo), a headstrong 20-year-old woman. She takes it upon herself to retrieve the thousand-year-old olive tree treasured by her despondent grandfather (Manuel Cucala), which had been sold for replanting during the farm's transition to industrial poultry farming. En-route to the German bank that now owns the heirloom, Alma attracts an activist social media following eager to support her in her battle. With its beautifully photographed pastoral Spanish landscapes, The Olive Tree tells an inspiring story of the bond between family and land.

'[This] earthy, quietly stirring Spanish fable... finds familial, regional and environmental grievances inseparably tangled in its branches.' - Variety

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